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Time to find an exit

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Korea, Japan should return to dialogue

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is scheduled to begin a three-day visit to Tokyo on Tuesday to attend Japanese Emperor Naruhito's coronation. Lee's visit is drawing attention because he is expected to try to break the ice in the frosty relations between Korea and Japan.

Lee will be the highest-level Korean official to visit our Asian neighbor since Tokyo began restrictive trade measures against Seoul in July. Japan imposed export restrictions on three key materials essential for Korean firms making semiconductors and display panels. It also removed Korea from its "whitelist" of favored trading partners in August. These measures were in apparent retaliation for Korea's top court ruling that Japanese firms must compensate Korean victims of forced labor during World War II.


© The Korea Times